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The Vision of God in Everything

In the market, in the cloister - only God I saw.
In the valley, and on the mountain - only God I saw.
Him I have seen beside me oft in tribulation;
In favour and in fortune - only God I saw.
In prayer and in fasting, in praise and contemplation,
In the religion of the Prophet - only God I saw.
Neither soul nor body, accident nor substance,
Qualities nor causes - only God I saw.
I oped mine eyes and by the light of his face around me
In all the eye discovered - only God I saw.
Like a candle I was melting in His fire;
Amidst the flames outflanking - only God I saw.
Myself with mine own eyes I saw most clearly,
But when I looked with God's eyes - only God I saw.
I passed away into nothingness, I vanished,
And lo, I was the All-living - only God I saw.

Baba Kuhi of Shiraz, translated by R.A.Nicholson.


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